Childhood Obesity

Unfortunately there is no magic pill or spell to curing obesity but the good news is that we do have the tools to take a small but important step by getting rid of our judgement and bias towards children with obesity.

Dr Anita Vreugdenhil, Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Maastricht University Medical Centre, is the founder of the Maastricht programme COACH which encompasses an ‘all-inclusive’ approach to improve the lifestyle of overweight and obese children in the South of the Netherlands. Overweight, a condition in which a person’s weight is 10%-20% higher than what is considered as “normal”, and obesity, when a person’s weight is more than 20% higher than normal, are rapidly becoming a national health threat in the Netherlands, especially among children. The latest figures indicate that 500.000 children in the Netherlands are overweight or obese. But many parents don’t realise that their child is overweight and are not aware of the severe consequences. Even when they become aware of the problem, they still don’t know how to correct and change their ingrained behaviour. That’s where Anita and her team can help.

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Amazing benefits of practice Yoga

Peace. Relaxation. Happiness. Mindfulness. Daily yoga practice is well known for its emotional benefits, but did you know it can also help to balance your weight and prevent obesity?

There are many styles of yoga, each with their own focus. Many studies  examined men and women aged 18 years or older on a program of  yoga or relaxation yoga for up to four years. The two forms of yoga were significantly beneficial in controlling weight.

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A classic series used in most hatha yoga practice is Sun Salutation. This sequence of poses is generally carried out 2-6 times in a row at sunrise to greet the day, although if early mornings aren’t your thing you can practice at any time of the day! By increasing circulation and stretching the muscles, the body heats up and burns off excess fat. By following the steps below for a classic Sun Salutation you can enjoy the powerful benefits of this beautiful practice:

  1. Stand tall on your mat with feet parallel and facing forward, palms pressed together in front of  your chest and shoulders pulled down and back.
  2. Inhale and bring both arms up above your head, pressing your palms together once more as you look up to your hands.
  3. Exhale and bend forward so your palms touch the ground in front of you, bending your knees slightly if necessary.
  4. Inhale and step your right foot to the back of your mat, keeping your right leg as straight as possible while your left leg is bent with knee directly over ankle. Hands are resting on either side of your left foot and head is facing up and looking forward.
  5. Bring your left foot to the back of your mat to join your right foot. Form a plank position with your body parallel to the ground, arms straight and palms flat on the mat below your chest.
  6. Exhale and lower your knees, elbows, chin and chest to the floor, then arch the back and look forward with legs stretched out straight behind you.
  7. Inhale and press down into your palms, keeping your arms straight and lifting your hips and legs slightly off the ground.
  8. Exhale to form downward facing dog. Hips and bottom lift up towards the sky, legs are as straight as possible with feet flat on the mat, arms outstretched to the front of your mat, palms flat on the ground and head hanging.
  9. Inhale and step your right foot to the front of your mat between your hands. Keep your left leg straight, drop your hips towards the ground and face forward.
  10. Exhale and bring your feet side by side, bending forward over your knees, let your head hang and aim to press your palms into the ground
  11. Inhale and curl your body up to standing position, then bring your arms up over your head with palms pressed together, looking upwards.
  12. Exhale and bring your palms together in front of your chest, facing forward with shoulders pressed back and down.

Your Sun Salutation is complete! With daily practice, you will start to feel stronger and more toned as your body adjusts to the poses. There is always a new pose or sequence to master and with practice you can stretch your body further and further as you become more experienced. All you need is your mat and an open mind and you can begin to enjoy the abundant rewards of a life enriched by yoga.

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2 Effective training routine step by step

Finding a training session that suits you and your interests, can become a real expedition. Therefore, we also bring you another training routine explained step by step.

Below, you will find a specific guide to some exercises that you can perform under a weekly routine. The previous training can be incorporated perfectly in this routine or do them all together on the same day. This we propose, is divided by muscle groups or complete exercises that activate the entire body.

ABS
Nobody likes to do crunches, but it is also one of the most common exercises. A workout that incorporates movements in this area will improve your posture, balance and build a strong foundation for many other exercises.

1. Bird Dog (3 x 10)
With this simple movement you will work your entire torso, so it will help you build stability in the lower back.

-Start with your hands under your shoulders and knees just below your hips.
without any arch or rounding of the spine, it contracts the abdominal muscles and lengthens the right arm and the left leg at the same time.
-Keep both the arm and the leg parallel to the floor, more or less in line with the shoulder and hip.
-Hold this position for a moment and gently return to the starting position.
Repeat the movement about 10 times per side and make a total of 3 series.

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Spins with ball (3 x 10)
Exercise the obliques with this specific movement.

-Start on your knees with your feet on the ground and your forearms resting on the stability ball.
-Squeeze your core / core and roll the ball to the right, keeping in mind that it has to be away from you.
-Contract your abs all the time to throw the ball back into a full circle.

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Hopefully that can be useful for you

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How to make a Gym at home in budget

Have you ever wondered, what would a life without a gym be like? Without having to think about making the sports bag, preparing your clothes and especially not having to wait for an exercise on a specific machine? Because all this is possible and is much closer than you think, your own house has the solution and can become your daily training temple, where being fit will be more comfortable than ever.

Although not only are these causes, those that make this type of training stand out over traditional ones. Train without schedules, use the accessories that you like and do it in record time, become the main advantages of this type of discipline. One of the advantages is that you will train cheaper,working your body can be free, since your house has many objects with which you can perform definition exercises. Although if you want to take a more planned and specific training you will have to buy several accessories to work the different muscle groups. Even if you buy several accessories at the end, it will always be cheaper than paying a monthly fee at a gym than sometimes you rarely go. You will also save money on travel expenses, something very important.

Accessories / Home training equipment
Have you come to the conclusion with all the previous explanations, that the body is your best training tool? If so, the next step is to know what are the accessories or materials to complement the exercises at home. So to make it much easier and to be able to structure it much better, the specification of the accessories will be divided by work in these areas:

Cardiovascular Area
To start with heating or burning calories, it is first necessary to have accessories with which you can raise the heart rate, in order to consume more energy. Among the accessories that can help you with this task, you can find from a simple music player so you can start dancing, like a step or a mini trampoline.

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Among the most sophisticated options you can find:

Stationary bicycle
Riding a stationary bike counts as a cardiovascular exercise. Regular cardiovascular exercise helps high blood pressure, regulates blood sugar and can prevent heart attacks. Riding a stationary bike regularly helps the heart be more efficient in pumping blood.

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Bodybuilding / Toning Area
In the case of toning and bodybuilding the range of possibilities in training of this type is very broad. Thanks to its low price and good efficiency, small accessories are the perfect choice of home training, in addition to the fact that they do not take up any space.

Gym weights
Since the cost of gym weights is relatively low, you can buy a team of different weights quite cheap. Are portable and do not require a lot of storage space, so it’s a good idea to use them at home. When you train, you can choose to work a single muscle group at a time or different muscle groups simultaneously.

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Kettle bells
They are training tools in the form of a cannonball – which you must add to your routine if you want to get a figure as definite as possible in a fast way. Kettlebell training offers you the ability to burn fat with high intensity workouts.

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Yoga Mat
Some exercises may require kneeling or lying on the floor. Using the mat or mat will make the exercise much more comfortable. If your workout includes aerobic exercises, you should do them on a mat in order to protect your body from impact-related injuries. Select the exercise mat that best suits your routine, there are different thicknesses.

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Fitball
Fitballs are fast becoming a staple in fitness facilities, yoga studios, pilates and fitness classes. Not only do they add a nice element for a large number of exercises, but they have significant physical benefits, mainly due to the surface of the unstable ball that requires greater activation of the central musculature. Among the advantages we can find:

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Multiple muscle groups are involved
Strengthens the whole body
Strengthens the abdominal muscles and back
Improve balance
Improve coordination
Increase trunk strength
Increases resistance to injuries
It sharpens anticipation and awareness
Improves reflections

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Are versatile enough to use in training and stretching. In addition, working on top of this element will give you a multitude of benefits:

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It helps strengthen the lower part of the body, more specifically muscles of the legs, lower back and buttocks.
It helps you achieve an incredible balance.
Especially useful for the specific training of the sport that requires a lot of balance and lower train strength.
Help build the perfect endurance for cardio

Elastic bands

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The resistance bands are made of strong rubber, there is a great variety of resistances depending on your level of fitness. With resistance bands, you can do almost any type of strength training exercise: chest press, shoulder press, triceps extensions, bicep curl, and even squats, without the need to work with heavy weights.

In the next article I will share with you some exercises routine to do in your new gym at home.

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